Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday Entertainment News

The funniest blog I've found about the writer's strike is from David Letterman's staff writers. Visit the blog at Late Show Writers On Strike


OJ Simpson and two other men face arraignment today on kidnapping and armed robbery charges. I put this under entertainment news since OJ always makes the Entertainment News shows on TV with almost as much media at Britney.
Might be entertaining-- "Defense attorneys lost a bid during an earlier hearing to get any charges dismissed, despite claims they were based on accounts by "crackheads and groupies and pimps and purveyors of stolen merchandise and gun carriers and con artists and crooks." Las Vegas Sun Now there are hints of Pretrial Maneuvers as the Judge and Attorneys try to find a trial date sometime in 2008.

Breitbart News

Carson Daly About to Defy Writers Strike

Nov 28 12:49 AM US/Eastern
By FRAZIER MOORE

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly" is about to become the first late- night talk show to defy the writers strike and resume production.
Daly, who is not a member of the Writers Guild, will begin taping new episodes of his Burbank-based show this week for airing next week, an NBC spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

The half-hour "Last Call" airs at 1:35 a.m. EST weeknights, but whether Daly's first new episode would air next Monday or Tuesday was initially unclear. No guests were disclosed.

"The Writers Guild of America, East joins our colleagues of the Writers Guild of America, West in expressing our profound disappointment with Carson Daly's decision to return to work," the guild said in a statement that also commended other late-night talk show hosts for showing solidarity with their writers. "We thank them and hope that Mr. Daly will reconsider his decision, including the soliciting of scab writers to provide material for his program."

Daly is not the first talk-show host to go back into production. Ellen DeGeneres, who is a member of the union, has continued taping her daytime syndicated talk show after shutting down the first day of the strike. But "Last Call" becomes the first to break ranks among the late-night shows, which all had chosen to air repeats rather than tape new shows without their striking writers.

It was unclear what effect, if any, the return of "Last Call" would have on other late-night talk shows, which include NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Comedy Central's late-night news-and- commentary spoofs, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" with Stephen Colbert, have also been in reruns.

There was no immediate word on when any of those shows might follow suit and return with new episodes.

On Monday, contract talks with the studios resumed for the first time since movie and TV writers went on strike Nov. 5. The Writers Guild is seeking more money for material distributed over the Internet and cell phones.

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NBC is owned by General Electric Co.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Marlena's back!

Breaking news! An old friend to all soap fans is back with an online column. First up she tackles the GH Black and White Ball and does a smashing job! Welcome back my friend!!!!

MARLENA DE LACROIX Soap Opera for the Thinking Fan

Spooky WGA Event

WGA Horror Writers Plan Studio Exorcism


Today, some kooky WGA members have scheduled a very spooky protest at 11:30 AM PT that involves presumably fake priests and nuns throwing holy water at Warner Bros Studios. (Oh, yeah, this so-called "studio exorcism" is just gonna thrill Barry Meyer and Alan Horn...) "In a town where accounting is not what it seems, where books are cook'd like witches' brew, and net profits are cannibalized and passed through the bowls of darkness, where residuals formulae are wrought by prestidigitatory art and fair compensation is a distant dream, one guild risked everything to make a difference and so can you." I hear free "Horror Writers On Strike -- We Eat Scabs" T-shirts will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. And the dress code, of course, is black.

Posted by Nikki Finke on Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2007
Deadline Hollywood Daily

Be sure to visit the link to see the cool/scary pic and also to read the article from earlier today with the latest on negotiations

Laura
The More Books the Better

Latest on the Writer's Strike


Evidently things are looking up.

Visit Deadline Hollywood Daily for the latest scoop!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Say What?


Gene Lavancy, Fox 25 News

Gotta love the Fox 25 Morning News here in Boston. Within 3 minutes after rolling out of my nice warm bed and turning on the news to see the weather for today I heard/saw the following:

1) That Ted Kennedy is going to write his memoirs and be paid gazillions of dollars. (Say what? Does he, like, actually remember stuff? Who's the ghostwriter?)

2) The lead singer of Quiet Riot's death does not appear suspicious. He did have a history of substance abuse. (Say what? A rock star with a substance abuse issue?)

3) There's actually a diner (think 50's and 60's) in Allston with a 1980's theme! It's called The Breakfast Club and features 80's food and music. Among the most popular music are The Breakfast Club Theme and Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield.
(Say WHAT? I'm hungry now-- those hash browns look good! Where the heck is Allston anyway? Can I catch a ride?)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Latest on Writers Strike Talks

The following was just posted this afternoon at the link below.

Deadline Hollywood Daily

Dare We Hope A Deal Has Been Struck...?
As the WGA strike begins its 4th week, I've been told positive news about today's resumption of contract talks between the writers and the producers. So positive, in fact, that I'm almost fearful to post it. But here goes: a very reliable source tells me that there appears to be a deal seemingly in place between both sides.

"It's already done, basically," the insider describes. That's because of the weeks worth of groundwork by the Hollywood agents working the writers guild leadership on one side, and the studio and network moguls on the other. I was told not to expect an agreement this week. But my source thought it was possible that the strike could be settled before Christmas.

Look, I don't want to raise false hope here. But this source has been very accurate in the past. The negotiations starting today will have a news blackout, so don't expect any significant leaks. But consider the real possibility there's been a breakthrough. Still, I must caution that this is Hollywood -- where defeat is snatched from the jaws of victory nearly every time.

Talks Restarted At Agent Bryan Lourd's Home After Weeks Of Quiet Backchannel
LET'S STRIKE A DEAL! Both Sides Agree To Go Back Into Talks
Posted by Nikki Finke on Monday, Nov 26th, 2007 at 02:38AM

Writer's Strike update

Entertainment Weekly

EW reports the following:

STRIKE WATCH
WGA Strike Talks Resume
The Writers Guild of America will hold formal negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers today for the first time since Nov. 4
Talks between the striking Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers are set to resume today (Nov. 26) under a media blackout at an undisclosed neutral site. The meeting marks the first time the two sides will negotiate formally since the strike began on Nov. 4. There is no word as to whether talks are scheduled to continue on Tuesday. In the meantime, WGA will resume picketing today after breaking last Tuesday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The dispute revolves around the sharing of revenue generated by new media projects. In addition to causing scores of television projects to be put on hold indefinitely, the strike has also started to bleed into the movie industry, prompting production halts on major features like Ron Howard's DaVinci Code prequel Angels and Demons, Oliver Stone's Pinkville, and Warner Bros.' Shantaram, which stars Johnny Depp. As of last week, the ''Get Back in That Room'' website had logged more than 460 strike-related dismissals. (Variety)



My thoughts you ask? "a media blackout and an undisclosed neutral site"... huh? Is this the Mideast Peace Talks or soemthing? C'mon- it's entertainment and the talks are probably way more interesting than the actual TV shows and movies! More fun to report on. Whose the scrooge keeping the lid on things today? Freedom of the Press! Where's Matt Drudge when you need him? Gotta go check out the "Get Back in That Room" website just because I love the name!


I had a really fun morning at the Beverly Public Library in Beverly, MA. There was an event with three authors from the Sisters In Crime New England Chapter and I promise a couple of pictures and a recap soon!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sunday Selections





You can see above The Order of Importance for Required Television Viewing in our home tonight.
Darn good thing we have two tv's and I can slip away for an hour-- even bring my books with me so I can read during commercials! When you have 35 books (at least) calling your name, and fueling your guilt, you tend to take them with you everywhere. I think I am reading 8, or maybe 9 at once right now.

Thanksgiving is behind us now, and we are starting a whole new life-- a rebirth of sorts. It's been one hell of a year, draining us in every way imaginable and then some. Yet a year later, the outcome is positive and we are picking ourselves up, dusting each other off, and putting one foot in front of the other. New people, new understanding, new perspective and a more thorough understanding of who our friends and family really are and what they mean to us.

Today we ventured forth to a nearby city to check on parking for an event I am attending tomorrow. Little did we know (since we don't get a local newspaper anymore) that today was the Santa Parade. Right along the road we were driving on. We were too early for the parade, but not for the parade go-ers. They lined some big streets, 3 deep. I felt like the parade was US-- celebrating our new lives! So, naturally, I practiced my "Queen Wave" now and then. I do believe I caught my husband eyeballing a Sponge Bob balloon lustily. We did not speak of it, however.
Found where I am going tomorrow morning at the unholy hour of 9 am. They have promised coffee--which I don't usually partake of, but tea is also on the menu. My doctor actually kind of laughed at me when I told him I only drink coffee 4 or 5 times a year. Yeah, weird, I know.

Upon our escape from the Parade Fanatics, I left the husband at home to rake leaves and clean gutters and sought solace in our local library..which was crowded itself.
I did find a couple of books to divert myself from the 37 or 45 or 500 that I have at home already. These are what I found. The one about authors would make a great Christmas present if you have a friend or family member who is a writer themselves! The Cat that Changed My Life is a book Sophie enjoyed very much.

In the book sale room I found a book for the husband too-- a real bargain. He is thrilled.


We did finish watching Season 4 of "Curb Your Enthusiasm". We've already watched all of Season 5 and most of Season 6, but Season 4 came to us on DVD late in the game. I love "Curb"...but the episode where Larry is in "The Producers" on Broadway nearly put me to sleep. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING LARRY? No good can come of that! Well, no good comes ever in most of the episodes of Curb. For awhile, I thought I'd like to be more like Larry David in some ways. The more I watched, the more I realized I'd carry Larry with me in my head, and as I encounter difficult situations in life, I would think to myself "WWLD" (what would Larry Do?). I would do the opposite 9 times out of 10. Gotta love Larry though.

Tonight is now books, books, and preparation for the ladies of "Sisters in Crime" tomorrow morning-- I hope to report in that it is a really fun, informative tea and talk event. Oh yeah, and Desperate Housewives and The Patriots game-- how could I forget those!

Peace and Light
Laura
The more books the better.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

California Burning again



Photo from KABC in Malibu

California wildfires are burning again. As of 5:50 EST, CNN is reporting zero percent containment. 35 homes lost already and thousands of people being evacuated.

Sending positive thoughts to all life in the Malibu area-- we hope this is under control fast and that no lives are lost.

For further detail and updates, visit CNN.com or DrudgeReport.com or whatever internet news source you prefer.

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Kennedy name-- a curse?


Breitbart Breaking News

*Just one day after the 44th anniversary of the JFK assassination, an unrelated (as far as I know) Kennedy has died young.*




TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Major league pitcher Joe Kennedy died early Friday morning, a Hillsborough County sheriff's official said. He was 28.
Kennedy passed out at home and was brought to a hospital, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. She had no further details.

Kennedy's agent, Damon Lapa, told ESPN.com that Kennedy died while at home with family in Florida. He did not return phone calls and an e- mail from The Associated Press.

"We were terribly shocked," Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey said. "From what we understand he was in Bradenton ... to be the best man at a wedding today."

Godfrey said he didn't have any particulars on the cause of death.

"Obviously, when a 28-year-old man dies, ball player or not, it's a terrible, terrible thing," he said.

The left-hander was 43-61 in seven major league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays. Kennedy compiled a 43-61 record with a 4.79 ERA, pitching 908 2/3 innings over 222 career appearances.

Kennedy made his major league debut in June 2001 and made his last appearance in relief on Sept. 29 in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Godfrey said Toronto was interested in bringing Kennedy back.

"We had every intention to speak to him," he said. "We had him on our list to talk to."

Kennedy began the 2007 season in Oakland as a starter but was moved to the bullpen after going 3-9 with a 4.37 ERA. He appeared in 27 games, including 16 starts, before being placed on waivers.

The Diamondbacks claimed Kennedy on Aug. 4, but he appeared in just three games for Arizona, allowing seven runs in 2 2-3 innings, before being designated for assignment on Aug. 15. The Blue Jays signed Kennedy on Aug. 29, and he got his first win as a Blue Jay on Sept. 21 at the New York Yankees.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Joe's passing. He was a valued teammate and friend to everyone with the A's organization," Oakland assistant general manager David Forst said in a statement. "On behalf of the entire A's organization, we extend our condolences to Joe's wife, Jami and his entire family."

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In other Kennedy news-- this time it is the political Kennedy family-- poor Joan Kennedy, ex wife of Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy is reportedly back in rehab for her seemingly unending battle with alcoholism. Joan- we wish you well. You've had a very difficult life.

Joan Kennedy reportedly drinking again

Posted by F.M.


Joan Kennedy is reportedly being treated for alcohol-related problems at a Boston hospital.

The Boston Herald reports she got drunk at a social event this weekend and her caretakers had to admit her.

This latest episode could spell legal problems as well.

Kennedy had agreed not to drink after a deal with her children last year in Family Court.

If it's found she broke that agreement, she could be placed in permanent guardianship by the court and assigned round-the-clock caretarkers.
WBZ1030 radio

Billy Dee Willaims


Billy Dee Makes Thanksgiving Sound Cool
Posted Nov 23rd 2007 2:52PM by TMZ Staff
Filed under: Movies

Thanksgiving Rule #1: Whenever you ask Billy Dee Williams about his holiday plans, be sure to show some respect and refer to him as Mr. Williams.

Thanksgiving Rule #2: Never forget rule #1.

See this video and much more at
TMZ

All Readers Need This..imagine all the reading you could ever want....drool....




I initially told a friend I would never want the Amazon Kindle-- I love the new book smell and holding a book. I love bookstores, libraries and Amazon... she promptly reminded me that if I were to travel, it would be wonderful to have so many books, newspapers and magazines at my fingertips any time. I am now drooling over this new device.... Santa, please? Well, maybe next year!

You think you can fool The Science Guy?


News of the weird for today:


Bill Nye Seeks Restraining Order for Ex

Nov 22 12:20 AM US/Eastern


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bill Nye wants his ex-fiancee out of his life and it's not just because of some bad chemistry.
Nye, who hosted the educational PBS series "Bill Nye, the Science Guy," is seeking a permanent restraining order against Blair Tindall, alleging she tried to poison his vegetable garden, according to court records.

He said Tindall came to his Studio City home late Sept. 3 dressed in black and carrying "two plastic bottles filled with some sort of solvent," according to court papers filed last week in Superior Court.

The bottles "may have been emptied on my garden from which I get food produce," he said in the filing. Nye is seeking to keep Tindall away from his home and from contacting him.

Nye, 51, identified Tindall as his ex-fiancee, even though the two announced in February 2006 that they were married by the Rev. Rick Warren, pastor and author of "The Purpose-Driven Life."

An after-hour call to Tindall's attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Tindall, author of "Mozart in the Jungle" and a former concert oboist, admitted in a declaration that she emptied two bottles of weed killer in the garden.

In court papers posted on the Web site The Smoking Gun, Tindall said that after marrying Nye, the two bought the Studio City home for $1 million. But when they found out their marriage license was "invalid," Nye "ordered me not to move into our home" and the relationship ended.

Distress over the "faux marriage" and a series of financial and personal problems led to "a foolish, sophomoric act of poor judgment that was only intended to harm flowers, and certainly not people," she said.

Tindall said she has sought counseling and contends she is not a threat to Nye.

A hearing was scheduled Dec. 20 in the case.

Breitbart Breaking News

Sticking to the Science theme-- The Sun Might be smaller than we think?
Sun may be smaller than thought
10:48 19 November 2007
NewScientist.com news service
David Shiga



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The Sun may be smaller than we thought, a new study argues.
If correct, then other properties of the Sun such as its internal temperature and density may be slightly different than previously calculated. Understanding the Sun's interior is important as it might help scientists make predictions about space weather and answer questions about the solar system.
The Sun has no solid surface. Its atmosphere merely gets thinner and more transparent farther from its centre.
Instead the Sun's "surface" is defined to be the depth in the Sun's atmosphere where it becomes opaque to light. Scientists measure this by observing the Sun with telescopes and measuring the distance between the centre of the Sun's disc and its "edge" – the place where its brightness suddenly drops off. This gives a radius of 695,990 kilometres, or about 109 times the radius of Earth.
A second, completely different way to measure the Sun's size is by using surface gravity waves called f-modes that ripple across the surface of the Sun like water waves on the ocean.
Multiple choiceTheory implies that these waves should appear only at the Sun's opaque surface, and observations of them can be used to measure the Sun's radius, since their wavelength is tied to their distance from the Sun's centre in a predictable way.
Scientists have been puzzled for years because these methods give two different answers. The wave method gives a radius of around 695,700 kilometres, about 300 kilometres smaller than the result from the light drop-off measurement.
Although the difference amounts to just 0.04%, it is large enough to matter when scientists try to gain insights on the Sun's interior by interpreting observations of sound waves – which ripple the Sun's surface in addition to the f-modes – using a technique called helioseismology.


There is so much more to this story-- read the whole news story at:

New Scientist

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tofurky

Yeah- you read right-- Tofurky is what we eat at our vegetarian household! Ok-- well it's what I eat. Hubby will eat some. Cat won't. Hubby and cat will beg turkey from nice neighbor!
YouTube


Here's a fun YouTube Thanksgiving video for you! Enjoy!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Monday Morning Tidbits



My thoughts on the above photo of Drew Peterson:.. How DARE you hide behind an NYPD cap and an American Flag to cover your lying face? Third wife murdered-- thought you got away with it! Ok-- easier the 2nd time. WHERE IS STACY?? I suppose you'll team up with OJ to find the real killers next. Or was it the "Text Killer" on General Hospital. It now appears you may even be low enough to try to frame an ex boyfriend of hers.



From GH 411 on YouTube.com

On a lighter note: Go Patriots!!!!! 10-0~!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Whale in the Amazon


The whale's back and fin were out of water and exposed to the sun


Last Updated: Saturday, 17 November 2007, 11:16 GMT

Whale found deep in Amazon jungle
By Gary Duffy
BBC News, Sao Paulo



Whale with swimmers
A 5.5m long minke whale has been spotted more than 1600km (994 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean, deep inside the Amazon rain forest.
The whale ran aground earlier this week but after being freed with the help of vets and biologists it disappeared shortly afterwards.

It is the second time this week in Brazil that a lost animal has been spotted in an unexpected location.

The minke whale ran aground on a sandbar deep inside the Amazon.

Local people had been splashing water on the whale's back and fin while it was exposed to the hot Amazon sun.

The whale is said to weigh about 12 tons.

Reports of a mysterious animal in the area had been causing alarm among locals near to the Tapajos river, a tributary of the Amazon.

Experts say the animal could have been in the area for a couple of months.

After the whale was freed, helicopters and boats were involved in a search of the area but nothing was found.

A biologist said it was thought the animal became separated from its group and swam upstream, until it ran aground near Santarem in Para state.

While it is not unprecedented, it is unusual for whales to venture so far into fresh water.

Beach alligator

The whale is not the only animal to get lost in Brazil this week.

On Thursday a young reptile - which was 1.5m long - turned up at a popular beach in Rio de Janeiro and had to be rescued by firemen.

They had been searching for the alligator for some time and had closed Barra beach, but despite this some swimmers insisted on entering the water.

The caiman, or yellow stomach alligator as it is known in Brazil, was taken to a local zoo for treatment for a broken leg.

This endangered species is normally found in freshwater swamps and marshes, and the fire service in Rio said it was the first time they had rescued one from the sea.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

New book and YouTube- Emily



Today I'm reading a fun/mystery/family murders/romance book-- loved the title so I got the book-- now I love the book!

Friday, November 16, 2007

TGIF! Spoilers and You Tube cuts





The above are two of my favorite Youtube videos from the Black and White Ball. Both feature the Evil Crazy Anthony Z-- love his facial expressions--when he says "Uh oh" when Johnny tries to shoot him and the gun is empty...and loved the hand puppet talking scene with Nik, Sam and Lucky! The writing is great, the acting wonderful and truly over the top!

Some spoilers from Linda Hirsch- found these on Soapzone this morning-- kudos to the Zone posters who are way more on top of things than I am these days! I used to have stuff 3 weeks or more in advance...those were the days! Anyone remember the old Soap Opera Magazine chats..I think they were Friday afternoons, and they'd feed us scoops as soon as they were faxed in...and sometimes Nancy Lee Grahn would just pop in and visit. There just isn't fun like that anymore...well, except for all the fun Karen creates on Wubs.net!

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Jason and Zacchara engage in a vicious fight, with Jason eventually getting the upper hand and firing two shots into Zacchara's chest. Zacchara dives off the turret and lands on the awning below, barely clinging to life. Robin uses a portable defibrillator to jumpstart Luke's heart before he's evacuated off the island. Luke undergoes emergency surgery, but Tracy learns he still isn't out of the woods and will need a bypass. Johnny seals his fate when he aligns himself with Trevor. Nikolas is distraught after finding Emily's body in his bed. Carly, Jason and Lulu realize there really is a text message killer on the loose. Skye takes action when Ric refuses to submit to surgery until he knows that Alexis is OK. Ric and Alexis decide to try to be friends for the sake of their daughter. Carly decides she, Jax, Mike and Bobbie should give the boys a perfect Thanksgiving Day. Although yearning for one another, Patrick and Robin go their separate ways on the holiday. Lulu and Logan share an unconventional Thanksgiving together.
SNEAK PEEK: Luke disappears.

Ok- then--a Perfect Thanksgiving, that will make it all ok for The Boys. That's about all I have to say other than thank goodness for horse meds, portable defribillators and other Emergency Supplies. Get yours here (well not the horse meds of course!)Some are just too funny, others very serious and every home should have at least one! Now if someone would just buy the first one for Wyndemere, baby could have a new pair of shoes!




Thoughts on Thursdays show:

The way characters are leaving, dying whatever, I would think we'd be seeing new opening credits for the new year. Even the hairstyles are dated on most characters on the current run. I know they say it costs a fortune to make new credits, but geez, I would think even an enterprising fan could do it for next to nothing on the net!

When Lulu had that big old stick at the ready to swing at whoever came her way, all I could hear in my head was "Lulu, walk softly dear, but carry a big stick" in her mother's voice!

Just how much hair product do the guys have at this ball? They all look great...and almost no one looks like they need a shave after, what is it, 11 hours! I still haven't gotten over Jax bounding down the stairs the other day all dry and glam..how did he get up the stairs? I saw a funny post somewhere on the Zone where it was suggested that he found a surf board and rode a wave up onto the parapet! Creative!

I was thinking that Kate must share the same hair products because her 'do never got mussed even after hot sex with Sonny. That castle must be damp in this weather too.
At least at the end that darn flower was out of her hair and she was messed up looking when she was with AZ. Still looking defiant though- that's one Tough Cookie.

As Karen said on her blog "NOW Liz finds the horse tranquilizers? " Never mind Ric's pain, Alexis, Luke..Leyla...NOW she finally finds them? Which leads me to another question-- where is dear old Sheba during this? How exactly did Nurse Liz know immediately just how much to put in the syringe-- did she just guess Nik's weight versus that of Sheba? Speaking of Nik's weight, how the heck did tiny Liz support him while he was making his way to sit down?

Loved it when Jerry ran out of bullets during his shootout with AZ-- he just said "Damn"... yeah, right....I know this isn't HBO, but couldn't he have muttered more under his breath or at least said "freaking damn"?

Lulu/Johnny-- they, when all is over with, could volunteer at GH together and form a support group to help adult children of parents with mental illness. It would be a very good community service, would help them both and give them a safe place to bond.
Seriously. A good idea.

As for Sonny-- well, isn't he something telling Kate how much he likes doing things illegal-- no matter what the cost. Wake up and smell the coffee-- he means even YOU Kate. Run, Kate, Run.

Jason's eyes look ready to leak over Emily!! I wonder if he packs a monogramed hanky along with his gun? Sonny and Jason so needed to hug over their grief...I kept waiting for it...almost, almost... nope. When Liz was holding Emily's hands and then kissed her forehead, Jason's head titled like an inquisitive puppy, and I wished we could hear him thinking "Aww, my girlfirend just kissed my poor dead sister, how sweet is that.... followed by EEEWWWWWWWWWW"

Thursday, November 15, 2007

OJ



"If I have any disappointment it's that I wish a jury was here," Simpson told The Associated Press before he left the courtroom. "As always, I rely on the jury system."



Thoughts on this:

1) If the writers are still on strike...would we get OJ's trial all the time again?
I remember vividly watching it with my late Mother. She couldn't get enough...I'd get disgusted and leave the room and she'd start yelling for me about what so and so was doing or saying. Miss you Mom!

2) GH could put this to could use, have a character, perhaps named "AJ"...set out to find the "real" killer. "AJ" could use his Big Crane to search far and wide around Port Charles...with a giant telescope attached to zoom in on everyone and watch for lurking killers...

GH 11/14/07 notes from the far side

The idea that Lucky can't see through Sam leads me to two possible conclusions-- he either really damaged his brain with the drugs, or he really does think with his little head....

I'm wondering why the women like Kate and Lulu don't take the dang flowers out of their hair by now!

Watching Robin and Patrick talking about their feelings got the old David Cassidy song "I think I love you" running through my brain-- Ba, ba, ba, ba.
Ba, ba, ba, ba, ba.
Ba, ba, ba, ba, ba.

I'm sleeping
And right in the middle of a good dream
Like all at once I wake up
From something that keeps knockin' at my brain.
Before I go insane I hold my pillow to my head
And spring up in my bed
Screaming out the words I dread:
"I think I love you!"

This morning
I woke up with this feeling
I didn't know how to deal with
And so I just decided to myself
I'd hide it to myself and never talk about it
And didn't I go and shout it
When you walked into my room.
"I think I love you!"

I think I love you.
So what am I so afraid of?
I'm afraid that I'm not sure of
A love there is no cure for.

I think I love you.
Isn't that what life is made of?
Though it worries me to say
I've never felt this way.

I don't know what I'm up against.
I don't know what it's all about.
I got so much to think about.

Hey, I think I love you.
So what am I so afraid of?
I'm afraid that I'm not sure of
A love there is no cure for.

I think I love you.
Isn't that what life is made of?
Though it worries me to say
I've never felt this way.

Believe me,
You really don't have to worry.
I only want to make you happy
And if you say,
"Hey, go away," I will, but I think better still
I'd better stay around and love you.
Do you think I have a case?
Let me ask you to your face:
Do you think you love me?

I think I love you.
Oh, I think I love you.
Oh, I think I love you.
Oh, I think I love you.
Oh, I think I love you.
Oh, I think I love you.
Oh, I think I love you.
Oh, I think I love you.
Oh, I think I love you



Just how many guns does Anthony Z have hidden in his clothes? Or is he hiding a stash in the suit of armor? Which brings me back to how does he disappear so fast-- is the suit of armor velcro in the back and he slips into and out of that? Or are there hidden passages behind the wall panels that he learned about YEARS ago when he knew Helena (ah my writer's brain at work again!)

Is there anyone left on that island who isn't shot, bruised, bloody, sick, or otherwise injured? Oh yeah, Anthony. Well, Robin looks pretty unscathed.

I was so hoping that Nik would get enraged and burst out of the restraints on that chair like The Incredible Hulk even tearing his clothes. BTW-- I loved Bill Bixby so much! Ever since The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

Jax certainly looked clean and dry after his ordeal-- he took the time to get all glam again before finding Carly and Jerry?

Funniest ad I've seen in a few days!




Hmm. Liz....I still think she should be cold in that dress. That reminds me-- I have a friend named Liz who has a birthday in a few days. Note to self--send card..

Seems people are thinking about decisions they've made and how they impact you later (another words bite you in the butt).. Trevor mentioned this, Patrick and Robin thinking about decisions, and I believe Emily said "Who hasn't made mistakes?" Maybe Charles Grodin could gather material for a sequel to his new book..




Cast member whose eyebrows I most wish I had: Leyla


When Jason arrived on the scene where Carly was he literally jumped down several stairs to get to her! Yeah, ok Liz, you are #1 with him!

Writers strike..from Baltimore Sun

When veteran soap opera writers heard ABC's official statement about the post-strike future of its daytime dramas - "We will continue to produce original programming with no repeats and without interruption" - they knew it was bad news. If history repeats itself, it meant they would be replaced, as soon as necessary, by strike-breakers, nonunion writers - or maybe even the producers themselves.


Now in my opinion-- this is who I'd hire to write GH...he'd probably have no intimidation of unions, or picket lines....and would be more fun than a barrel full of monkeys! Mr Larry David

The Text Killer revealed!

With Guza and company on strike, and the rumor that the text killer reveal hasn't been written yet, I decided to use my own warped idea...would wrap things up nicely!





Herschel Pinkus Yerucham Shmoikel Krustofsky

"Bart, I need your fingerprints on a pair of candlesticks. Meet me in the conservatory chop, chop! Don't worry, everything will be alright..."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Scoops Gone Wild

So far, Karen is letting me have fun with her scoops---I'll try not to be too sarcastic or silly...but if I am, let me know and I'll change. I swear!

**Monica can't forgive Jason

Saint Jason has done wrong in Monica's eyes? Wowza.

**Emily's funeral is full of Q's and memories

What about P's &Q's? Since Nik has blackouts will he has Dismemories?

**Kate and Sonny decide to try for more in their relationship

OH no-- not planing for kids already!!!

**Patrick can't stop his feelings for Robin

He's a doctor-- can't he just prescribe some mind numbing drug for himself?

**Alexis tries to reach Nikolas but finds him in the Cassadine brooding state.

Brooding as in sullen or brooding as in nesting, like birds? I vote for sitting on eggs-- Fabrege eggs! Here are three definitions of broodingly, pick your own. Main Entry: 3brood
transitive senses
1 a : to sit on or incubate (eggs) b : to produce by or as if by incubation : HATCH
2 of a bird : to cover (young) with the wings
3 : to think anxiously or gloomily about : PONDER
intransitive senses
1 a of a bird : to brood eggs or young b : to sit quietly and thoughtfully : MEDITATE
2 : HOVER , LOOM
3 a : to dwell gloomily on a subject : WORRY b : to be in a state of depression
- brood·ing·ly/'brĂ¼-di[ng]-le/ adverb


**Alexis and Jerry lock lips
Oh no- do their braces get stuck together or something? Y'know- those Invisalign things adults where and you can't see them, no neither knows the other has them?

**Luke needs an operation
A heart transplant? Will Bobbie die in a bus accident and he gets hers? (thinking Maxie and BJ here) Or is it his liver? Will Lucky follow suit and do as Patrick did for Noah?

**Jax and Carly have a reunion with the boys and count their blessings...
1) We are all alive
2) We are very very rich
3) Christmas is coming and we can have any toys/clothes/vacation we want
4) Sonny's gonna marry Kate so Jax won't be jealous anymore and Michael and Morgan will have 2 mommies as well as 2 dads
5) Since Jax's boat sank, Carly and he can pick out a brand spankin' new one!

An Epiphany!

Just got home after 3:30 from an MD appt. Too late to start GH now, so I'll watch tonight or tomorrow and then comment. Will get some scoops and comments up later if I can.

I was told to come home and rest as my B/P was high so that's another reason to avoid GH-- less stress, ha ha! Instead I am watching an old episode of "House" from Season one and was pleasantly surprised to see GH's Epiphany, Sonya Eddy in the show!
This is I think 4 years old- maybe 3- and she looks just the same! The beautiful woman doesn't age!

More later--

Luke's Heart Attack

Just in case you missed it or want to watch it again and again!

Wednesday morning--scoops later, Christmas NOW



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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday GH



Ohh..2:59 and almost time....insert eerie music here....

So Elizabeth is not only worried about lying to Lucky and Jason, she's upset that she lied to their son. What is he 8 or 9 months old, if that? I'm sure he won't hold it against her!

The makeup department must be getting overtime and extra pay for all the bruises, contusions, and blood being used. I wonder if they have a good plastic surgeon on staff at GH to fix people up!?

Carly is so sure she'd know if Jax was dead. Yeah, uh huh, just a little while ago she was mooning over Sonny again.

Sonny and Kate were teen lovers.. well in real life he is 6 years older than she is. I guess we can safely figure Connie/Kate was 13 and Sonny 19! He does like them younger.

I couldn't help but laugh at Nik proclaiming "There's a lunatic running around here". Yet-- pot meet kettle!

I missed a whole segment to take a phone call-- when I came back Logan was there to bring Lulu to Luke and Spinelli was spouting weird things as usual. Then Robin has some crazy vision. What is up with that? Is Nik contagious or something? Next scene is Emily still wandering around looking for Nik. Doesn't she live there now? Wouldn't it be rather smart to go find some more appropriate clothes than that darn gown she has to hold up to take a step. She sure couldn't run very fast if she had to.
So Super Leyla gets shot and is fine and awake to talk about it. If it was me I would have passed out cold the minute I felt the bullet hit!
Is Carly gonna deck Jerry again if he doesn't tell her every little detail about Jax going to the bottom of the sea. If Jax doesn't meet a mermaid, maybe he'll meet Charlie the Tuna who will save him!

Someone should really either tell Nik to tuck his shirt all the way in or untuck it completely. A Prince shouldn't look sloppy! Hey! There is Alfred with his Hot Red Radio! Now he needs a diamond earring or some other bling, a cool cane and some hip hop and maybe a top hat!

Jerry's story is very lame. Why would Carly even think of believing him? I'd be accusing him of pushing Jax under to drown.

Oh and Luke- yeah, lets give the guy some more booze to go with his heart medicine. Why haven't they given Leyla a shot or two for pain? Seems to be the pain killer of choice. Thought passed through my vast area between my ears that maybe they could have Tracey get hooked on pain killers for her back injury- like Alan was. Addiction does run in families.
Hehee..love Anthony taunting Lulu. The guy is a riot. She should have just hauled off and whacked him with whatever she is carrying...but then we wouldn't have had such laughs at his words about Luke!

Luke and Tracey are getting very sweet. I hope they don't overdo this.

For goodness sake why don't they take off Leyla's tight looking shoes? She'd be so much more comfortable.

Ok-- that's it for now! Have a good evening!

Laura
(and Sophie who helped me type today--she did the spell check, haha)_

Wubqueen Scoops

THE SPOILERS
~The Aftermath~ Edward goes after Nikolas, Everyone comes to the memorial. Liason make love, Nikolas sees Emily everywhere...a diagnosis is coming on his condition! Nikolas becomes like the brooding Stefan. Rumor has it the Real killer shows up at the funeral!

Edward goes after Nikolas. Ok, sounds like a fair fight-- raging maniac against old coot! Everyone comes to the memorial? Even Justus and assorted ghosts? The "Real" killer shows up-- is this going to become "Reality TV" now since the writer's are out? No comment on Liason, except will she get pregnant again? Seems it only takes once with those two!

*Take my hand and we'll jump!

Ok, Karen- you know I'd follow you anywhere!

**Jason saves Liz

With Super Sex?

**Who's strangling Carly?

Any number of people-- Kate, Jerry, Michael, Liz all come to mind.

**Jason will be devestated that Emily is dead, Liz is there for him.

Of course he's Sad Jason-- so is this when they make love. For comfort?

**The Q's say good-bye

What? Did I miss something else? Are they all leaving the show to move far far away?

**Nikolas holds a gun to himself.

He could've just asked Edward to do it. Or Jason.

**Sam plays the hero

An Everyday Hero or a Once in a Blue Moon Hero?

**Much happens in the wine cellar

Do all the casks break and people have to drink the wine to keep from drowning?

**Emily is found with a rope around her neck.

New fashion statement? Will she drag it around with her as a ghost?

**Ric and Alexis are on the mend...together!

To me this says side by side hospital beds-- or one big one with all their tubes etc entwined..

**Can Ric and Sonny reach an agreement?

Has hell frozen over?

**Skye pays her respects

Sounds straightforward, so will probably be twisted

**Nikolas is afraid if he gets treatment, he won't "see" Emily anymore

Why? Will the treatment blind him or just take away his third eye or Ghost Vision?

**Scott takes over for Ric

Again, straightforward, so probably twisted.

The Q's take comfort in baby Jake

Will he take over as head of ELQ and be the Sole Heir to the family fortune?

Sam wants 'justice' for Lucky

So--again-- does Justus show up at Emily's funeral and Sam wants him as Lucky's lawyer?

**Everyone thinks the killer is done...

Of course not! Too easy.

Luke has to change his ways

No more cigars, booze, hookers....what reason will he have to live?

Lucky realizes his sister kept the truth from him.

So what? Who didn't?

Lulu and Johnny spend time together.

Will Carly have another long "bad boy" talk with her as a result of this?

Carly fears Jax is lost at sea

Still hoping a mermaid saves him and he falls in love and forgets Carly!


More later-- Karen has too darn many scoops for my brain right now!

Happy Tuesday!

Laura

Strike Update-- Bloggers

This is from TVWeek.com TVWeek

Monday, November 12, 2007

Strikers Gain Fan Support
Although the Writers Guild of America 's pre-strike media campaign was criticized as sluggish, the guild's headline-grabbing series of protests last week have managed to attract the sympathy of some viewers.

Seventeen entertainment blogs—among them Televisionary, Give Me My Remote and The TVAddict—will go dark Tuesday, replacing their sites with WGA solidarity statements.

"Some people thought we'd be against the writers because our favorite shows are going away, but we wanted to show that some things are more important than a few shows airing full season," says Glowy Box blogger Liz Pardue, who organized tomorrow's "blog strike." "There needs to be an education effort made and we're trying to do our part."

Entertainment Weekly reports that 3,000 "Battlestar Galactica" fans, in town for a convention, are pledging to join a picket line with the show's writing staff at Universal Studios on Friday.

This morning, “CSI” fans funded a Burbank aerial banner fly-by with a statement of support.

Fan site AintItCoolNews.com and others have linked to a petition supporting the writers that claims more than 44,000 signatures. “The sooner the strike is settled, the sooner the writers can return Dwight Schrute, Nancy Botwin, Chloe O’Brien and Hurley Reyes to us,” the site says.

By putting showrunners front and center last week, the WGA managed to emphasize that original episodes of fan favorites such as “The Office,” “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” are at risk. The guild also crystallized its complex contract dispute around the singular topic of online downloads. This week, the WGA plans to put more prime-time actors on the picket line to continue feeding the media mill.

In this regard, the networks and studios have thus far been at a disadvantage.

The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers has impressive executives in front of the microphones, but nobody who has come across as sympathetic or relatable. Statements by media moguls such as CBS President Leslie Moonves and News Corp. President Peter Chernin shrugging off the strike are also, in effect, shrugging off the concerns of their viewers.

Moreover, the AMPTP argument that the strike hurts below-the-line workers could effectively paint writers as unduly selfish for going on strike, especially right before the holidays—if it weren’t being undermined when Mr. Chernin says the strike is “probably a positive.” And: “We save more money in term deals and, you know, story costs and probably the lack of making pilots than we lose in potential advertising."

Makes it tougher to argue writers are being greedy when you’re pointing out the bottom-line benefit of hundreds of employees losing their jobs.

UPDATE: Glowy Box (good name, tho fellow protesting blog "Seriously? OMG! WTF?" also has merit) has updated her Tuesday blog blackout list: 21 entertainment blogs and counting will go dark in a few hours. With the story of their protest getting considerable online pickup, let's see if they can all withstand that that meth-like blogger urge to post content tomorrow as their traffic surges.


Click here for complete coverage of the strike.

Strike predictions


Here's what I think may happen with the strike-- the Networks have tons of holiday specials coming up for the next several weeks so they won't give in too quickly. While shows like Desperate Housewives and Gray's Anatomy are ending production probably this week, they'll have enough episodes to air sporadically through out the end of the year.
The strike will be settled around New Year's and new shows will air in time for Feb sweeps....in January primetime will show reruns to help people remember what was last going on..
As for soaps-- who knows? Anything can happen!

More later...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Another Endless Day- Silhouettes of Gray


It's dark and dreary here, but nothing like on GH! I made it through the whole show today AND even rewatched Friday's episode this morning.
Loved Karen's comment on her blog about Luke's heart attach being a bit Fred Sanford!
It was good to see his interaction with Anthony though- quite amusing. I also loved that he couldn't manage to tell Logan it was his heart attack, he had to bang on his chest, but he could tell Scott to go to hell!

So, Emily's solutions for Luke-- aspirin, that's a good start. Edward's heart medication? Never a good idea to take someone elses meds-- he could have a fatal reaction. They just happen to keep a portable defibrilator at Wyndemere? Is this for Alfred or what? Where is he supposed to be anyway-- did I miss something about Alfred?

Now Jax- he must be 90 percent cat. He uses more lives- plane crashes, kidnappings, lost at sea, beatings..I can't even recall them all. It would be too funny if a mermaid saved him and he fell in love with her and forgot all about Carly!

I kept thinking Liz must be freezing in that gown out in the barn. Why doesn't "Gentleman Jason" give up his nice warm zipped up coat??

Between Lucky and Nikolas, Wyndemere is going to need a lot of new furniture.

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Change my dreams?

Well I don't smoke-- but if this would change my dreams, I'm ready to try. The other side effects sound awful though.

CHANTIX is a prescription medicine to help adults stop smoking. You may benefit from quit smoking support programs and/or counseling during your quit attempt. It’s possible that you might slip up and smoke while taking CHANTIX. If you do, you can stay on CHANTIX and keep trying to quit.

The most common side effects include nausea (30%), trouble sleeping, changes in dreaming, constipation, gas, and/or vomiting. If you have side effects that bother you or don’t go away, tell your doctor.

I have watched GH two times now and keep thinking Dark Shadows....I don't have side effects from GH YET!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Way back machine


This is from the Snark column way back in Dark History-ok so 6 years ago!

If There Were No Writers…Would Anyone Notice?

I’m sure that by now most of you are aware that the Writers Guild of America’s contract with film and television producers expires on May 1, 2001. What you may not know is that the writers and producers began an early round of negotiations in January, only to have the talks collapse on March 1st. While both sides still say a strike isn’t inevitable, they are still $80-110 million apart. So unless there is a big breakthrough in the next six weeks, it looks like a writers strike will happen.

On various message boards many posters are so dissatisfied with the state of the writing on their soap, they hope the writers do strike. I think that a strike is the worst thing that could happen with the sorry state of daytime ratings today. Dialogue will suffer, plots will veer off into uncharted territory, and characters may be irrevocably harmed.

The 1981 writers strike lead to General Hospital hiring Thom Racina and Leah Laiman to write the show when the strike ended. GH didn't have an ending for the Ice Princess story, so they used Racina's 1977 novel "The Great Los Angeles Blizzard' for inspiration and did that stupid plot where Mikkos Cassadine tried to freeze the world. During the 1988 writers strike, which lasted 22 weeks, AMC killed off the character of Jesse Hubbard. On GL the Sonni/Solita plot became so convoluted I defy anyone to make sense of everything that happened. The only hope is that the interim writers… hell, the scab writers… don’t make too much of a mess and keep stories in a holding pattern or focus on characters that would otherwise be on the back burner,. On GL, the returning writers were able to salvage the “mystery woman” Blake by making her Roger’s daughter Christina. On ATWT the scab writers not only had Doug Marland’s detailed outlines but also focused on characters like Kim and Bob, who I believe married around that time.

So if the writers do strike, who will write the show? Producers (except for the two executive producers who currently headwrite for their shows), network personnel, WGA members who secretly cross the picket lines, and non-WGA writers (like those who write for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) who will also work in secrecy.

How will a strike affect your soap? What follows is a “guesstimate” on my part. I have no inside information. These are only gut feelings on my part and your opinions may differ. This is no guarantee of future events, so no wagering, please.

•General Hospital: Might as well start with JFP. With the writers on strike Jill will become the de facto head writer of GH, just as she was for the year when OLTL had no headwriter. As McTavish’s outlines (however good they may be) run out expect even more inconsistent characterizations, lack of focus, and lack of follow-through. Remember the stories about Jill throwing out numerous scripts on OLTL because they were completely incoherent? Well GH has that to look forward to.

YouTube again


Browsing YouTube this morning, found this gem:

Steeeeeerike



Photo from Reuters

Well the strike is on and it's more fun than a barrel full of monkeys to report on!

The real news is Rosie O'Donnell is in talks to go on MSNBC at 9pm weeknights opposite Larry King.

I think this is a morning when I have woken up wanting to take a nap immediately and wake up again and see if it's all different.

More later....

Monday, November 5, 2007

If you could write for TV, would you...


Would you cross the picket line? Would you throw rotten fruit and veg at Bob Guza?
Would you ask for fans to submit storylines, lawsuits be damned?


Here's the latest:

ABC's daytime dramas -- "One Life to Live," "General Hospital" and "All My Children" -- also are set through the beginning of the year.

"ABC's daytime dramas are written well into the new year, and we will continue to produce original programming with no repeats and without interruption," an ABC Daytime spokesperson said.


http://snarkweighsin.blog-city.com/
This from Snark Weighs in:
The bigger question is what happens if the strike lasts beyond January. Despite what the ABC spokesperson suggests, January is only 1/12th of the new year. It appears that those in daytime don't want to think about that. If I were them, I wouldn't want to think about it either.

So, what is ABC's contingency plan? Entertainment Weekly might have a clue. They obtained a memo yesterday from ABC Studios to writers informing them of their legal rights a.k.a. how to be a dirty scab and get away with it.

"We encourage writers to work," the memo says. "The decision whether to join or not join the strike is an individual decision for each person to make." The memo also adresses the question of whether replacement writers a.k.a. more scabs can be hired. "This is not the studio's preferred choice," says the memo. But, they don't disavow it either.

So, after early media reports that all three networks would yank soaps once they ran out of episodes, maybe--MAAAAAAAAAAYBE--ABC is planning a little trip to Scabtown after all. Oh, wouldn't that be fun!



Back to me here-- isn't Snark fun? I remember back in the day when Snark quoted The Hollywood Reporter about my report about Sarah Brown leaving GH-- remember the "Jaws Dropped on the GH set as verbal sparring ensued..." Now that was fun.

Ok- what would I do right now for GH-- use the Mystery Skank from the Simpsons last night somehow!Mr. and Mrs. Simpson

Homer and Marge attend marriage counseling. When arriving home, Homer locks himself in the bathroom and communicates on a hidden flat screen television, where it is revealed Homer, an assassin, is assigned to eliminate the reporter, Kent Brockman, by order of his boss, Mr. Burns. When he arrives at the party, a woman with large blonde hair (who Homer dubs "the Mystery Skank") however, kills Kent Brockman instead. After Homer attempts to repeatedly shoot the woman, he manages to shoot the wig off her head, revealing it is Marge, also an assassin. Arriving home, the two avoid each other's eyes, and Marge makes an excuse for the blonde wig. Not long after, the two attempt to kill one another with various weapons such as grenades, rifles, and machine guns. After killing Chief Wiggum, the two realize they are more attracted with one another when they kill someone together. For this, they soon begin "snuggling" over Chief Wiggum and they both realized that they did not need any marriage counseling, but to kill people together. In the end, it turns out that they were not talking to a marriage counselor, but to Principal Skinner regarding Bart's misbehavior. Both Homer and Marge turn a blind eye to Bart's misbehavior and shoot Principal Skinner instead.

Just because-- the writers may Fly By Night!


Reading today:

Saturday, November 3, 2007

VEOH Video Network!

Maybe I'm late to the game, but WOW I love VEOH TV so far! Naturally, I am still in commercial hunt mode-- I'm trying to find the Pipe People from the Vesicare ads, but meanwhile I found this fun ad.




Karen- this is old, but it's for you since you can't find TMZ on TV! You can get it on VEOH!

Saturday Storm





We are in for a big old Nor'easter here today and I'm so glad it's going to be rain rather than snow. It sounds like Cape Cod will get the worst of it in New England, but we are set to stay in for the day anyway. Maybe I can catch up on my reading some!

This morning I am watching the Spacewalk as they try to delicately repair a solar panel. NASA tv is awesome and a great learning experience for kids and adults. Above is a picture of the torn solar panel. I'm waiting for this book to come from Amazon. Love to listen to Richard C Hoagland on "Coast to Coast" (he was on last night briefly) and the book looks very interesting!

I've also been watching some of The Today show this morning and noticed that the weekend news anchor, Jenna Wolfe has Kate Howard's haircut! I can't find a current photo that does the hair style justice, so you'll just have to tune in The Today Show on the weekend!

GH stuff-- If you thought Snoopy penned the immortal line, 'It was a dark and stormy night', you're about to learn otherwise.

The words are actually from the 1830 novel, 'Paul Clifford' by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, widely held to contain the worst opening sentence of any novel in the English language.

In full, the opening sentence reads thus:

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

Snoopy and It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Well it sure was dark, and it sure was stormy on Spoon Island! Who names an island after an eating utensil anyway? Never mind Alexis' lack of surgerical scars (maybe they are way below the cut of the dress), but how could a lung cancer survivor scream that loud and not pass out? Gotta give NLG credit though, it was a good scream. Wasn't Sonny supposed to give up alchohol when he started taking his meds for his bipolar disorder? Does he ever go to therapy anymore? I still wonder if he was hiding out at Wyndemere after his limo blew up. He knew about the ball and was sure dry and dressed for the event when he found Kate. Seems like a really good place to hide to me. Is the guy who took the flashlights from Liz, and was then murdered, the same guy who was dancing with that wacky swaying redhaired woman? Loved the flashback in black and white of Johnny as a little boy watching his mother murdered. Why black and white-- it wasn't THAT many years ago! I have a friend whose daughter actually believed for years that the Whole Wide World was in b/w until SHE was born, then it burst into color. Kind of like the Wizard of Oz! Now Jason on that speed boat- that was so fake. It reminds me of some scene on tv or in a movie that I've seen before, but I disremember what.
When Kate said she could smack herself over Trevor my first thought was "I would pay to see that"..even better if Carly showed up (like my wish for the Liz/Sam fight, see a post from yesterday) and started yelling "Fight, Fight"! while Kate slaps herself silly.

More later-- back to the Nasa Channel.

Laura

Friday, November 2, 2007

Something to watch during, ahem, something else


This whole commercial thing has ahold of my attention so I'm sharing more! Then I have to go read-- the book backlog is piling up. Pretty soon they'll declare the house a fire hazard.

Found these on YouTube. Will take up some time to watch- some are really funny, DirecTv ads, another Happy Cow, Expedia, and some I just don't like- mostly the car ads, but you can fast forward through them.


Naturally, since I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years, I had to include this Silk ad! Gotta love that Silk Milk! The chocolate is the big fav in our house.




Happy Friday!
Laura

Commercials anyone?


There I was, happily watching Ugly Betty last night-- when what appears on my screen? CHRISTMAS commercials! First one for Lowe's for decorating ideas, and then one for Walmart for gifts! One freaking day after Halloween. My husband didn't believe me until he saw the Lowe's commercial while he was watching Sponge Bob or something in the other room!

That got me to thinking about commercials. They are often my favorite part of GH! Especially when they show the various Happy Cow ads! Gotta love those! I've been looking on YouTube for the new one with the Meditating Duck saying "Oommm" and the cows telling it that it is saying it backwards-- its "Moooo"... no luck finding it yet, but there is a good write up of the whole campaign on Forbes, Oct 1. Just Google it and you'll find it.

Then I thought some more. We've gone back and forth between having DirecTV and Comcast recently. I'm starting to notice that you see ads for DirecTV only on DirecTV and for Comcast only on Comcast. While I can understand why this is, wouldn't it make more marketing sense to advertise your product on the competitions system? Free market and all. Oh the FCC probably has some rule or other. OH, who cares anyway?

GH-- well it's on Soapnet again right now and I can't seem to stay in the room. Is Anthony really in that Suit of Armor or just hiding weapons there? Sonny is perfectly dry and doesn't seem to have been bothered by the big storm. Hmmm...could he have been hiding out there the whole time at Wyndemere? He knew about the ball in advance and it would be a great place to hide and play dead or missing! Kates dress and hair-- awful. 'nuf said on that. Diane should be there in her designer original! Where the heck is Helena??? OK then, Alexis has no scars from her cancer surgery? She can wear a dress like that with nary a scar in sight?. OH WELL-- maybe they'll have some new Christmas commercials during GH this afternoon!

Meantime-- for your viewing pleasure, here's a Happy Cow ad from YouTube!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Black and White Ball

Did everyone have a good Halloween? We only had one group of Trick or Treaters- 5 kids in all. They were happy kids when they ended up with multiple full sized candy bars that my husband was giving out! They came late enough that we were sure there wouldn't be many more kids. Or any for that matter!

Well, the Black and White Ball is in full swing on GH! I actually enjoyed it-- the background even more than the main characters.

There was this one couple really hamming it up-- the woman had on a white dress with a black band around the middle and I couldn't take my eyes off of her.. what a character, totally vamping. I'd love to find a picture of her to add to this post, but after searching high and low, no luck. Does anyone know of a site that might have one and would let me use it?

Edited- 2:50 pm, just found this cool video on YouTube! Whoever made it did a great job~


The other things that really struck me (and I saw posters on SoapZone noticed too) were Carly keeping her cell phone in her dress. Too funny! I also noticed she doesn't seem to need her Texting Dictionary anymore-- guess she's had enough practice now!

Then when the crowd was summoned for the Big Announcements, Jerry and Jax were laughing away like best friends--I guess they momentarily forgot that Jax is furious with Jerry.

Liz and Sam's fight was kind lame...it was ok with the hair pulling, name calling and facial contortions, but it would have been so much more fun to have Carly run out there yelling "FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT" instead of Lucky stepping in and stopping it. Oh well, can't have everything!

Looks like the writer's strike is going to happen. I came across this item from New York Magazine Entertainment Section. Soap Operas
"Most soaps will run out of scripts after about a month. Plans are already in place to create new episodes of General Hospital and The Young and the Restless by editing together scenes from old shows intercut with stock footage of shark attacks and the moon landing. No one will notice."

Finally, this morning I watched my tape of Letterman last night to see Jonathan Papelbon. This guy is so crazy funny-- loved him going on about David Ortiz being a Bedazzeler! Dancing with the Stars should be the next TV appearance for Pap!

Have a Happy November 1st!

Laura